2022 Mellon Fellows
Samar’s research focuses on material culture in the 2nd and 1st Millennia BCE in the Levant, and especially on pottery production in southern Syria during the Middle and Late Bronze Ages and other artefacts such as bone inlays. Her research through the Mellon Fellowship Program aims to shed more light on the Tell el-Yahudiyeh Ware discovered in Jordanian sites.
Abdallah's research interest areas include identifying formation and the intersection with socio-economic and political contexts. He has a deep interest in representation and intersection of queer theory and feminism with Islam and Muslim societies, and is interested in the academic freedom in our post-colonial middle east states and the influence of globalization and neoliberal economy upon the academia in our region.
Ferial's research interests include religion, nationalism and gender in Arab cinema; Palestinian cinema and literature; biography and history; and critical and feminist theories. As part of the Mellon Fellowship Program, she is examining the extent to which Palestinian Post-Oslo Accords cinema mirrors an oppressive colonial reality but also disrupts that reality by creating a liberated space through which Palestinians maintain hope and “exist in the future”.
Hassan is interested in French and Francophone Studies, visual culture, such as documentaries and photographic art, and in cultural studies of the Middle East and the Arab Word, media, communications and ecocriticism. As part of the Mellon Fellowship Program, he is completing his book project on the relationship between climate changes and the impact of the weather on literary writing.
Mohammad’s research interests include Arabic discourse analysis, capacity-building in higher education and sustainable post-conflict recovery strategies to address the challenges in Yemen for the coming years. He has also been involved in work concerning how art and media can be used as tools to enhance democracy, gender equity and social justice in Yemen.
Nael's research interests include Translation Studies, Discourse Analysis, Narrative Inquiry, Framing Theory, Intercultural communication and Middle Eastern Studies. As part of the Mellon Fellowship Program, he is examining the English media narratives of the ongoing armed conflict in the MENA region in general and in Syria, Libya, Iraq and Yemen in particular, as part of the international communication of conflicts across languages, cultures and nations.